Audacious Authenticity The Z

Joy
Joy

Audacious. Authentic. Audacious authenticity. How’s that work for you? It works really well on my end.

As a goal, I mean – audacious authenticity. Being boldly authentic. Not conforming to status quo, but rather, conforming to faith, hope and love.

Heard the song the other day by Kirk Franklin, or maybe it was Mary Mary, with a line that goes, “Can’t take my joy devil.”

That’s it, that was the right message at the right time.

In our lifetimes we probably listen to many types of music: Rock, Rap, Country, Jazz, Reggae, Pop, Classical, Christian, Oldies, Soul, R&B, etc.

Rock & Roll has always been my favorite. And then, while living out West, Country became a new love.

But today, hands down, without a doubt, Contemporary Christian is what sustains me.

To all the great folks at Central Florida’s Contemporary Christian radio station, Z88.3, or the Z, as some call it, thank you for what you do to help God’s people when they need it.

And just speaking for myself, this is every single day. Thank you.

PS. Click here to listen on your computer. The Z is currently playing 24-hour Christmas music.

Citizen Soldier

Not talking about the Three Doors Down rock song Citizen Soldier, or our Country’s National Guard, for whom the song is dedicated.

Talking about all the active duty men and women military personnel I’ve seen this week. Orlando to Atlanta, Atlanta to Columbia, Columbia to Atlanta, and Atlanta to Dallas.

Decided, in the spirit of giving, to not only give thanks internally, but to give thanks externally.

So I awkwardly asked how best to show appreciation for their efforts. They all said basically the same thing.

A simple thank you means a lot.

And so that’s what I’ve been doing, going only a little out of my way (that’s all it takes), to thank each and every one I pass.

The Lord works in mysterious ways. One of the service men, heading back to Iraq and leaving behind a wife and three children (16, 10, 6) at Christmas time, wound up being an angel for me about five minutes later.

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November 2009

To Think is to Learn twice

Thinking is one of the hardest things to do, which is why many people spend so little time doing it. I’m not talking about routine thinking, like what to pick up at the grocery store.

Thinking, as in deep thinking. Self-reflection thinking. Contemplation. Self-examination. Questioning.

Challenging thinking. Painful thinking. Honest thinking. Uncomfortable thinking.

Spiritual thinking. Which, if we are lucky, will lead to prayer – and conversations with God.

Doing this, the difficult thinking, will actually lead to learning something twice. But the second time around, we come to understand it and not just know it.

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November 2009

To Teach Is To Learn Twice

“To teach is to learn twice”. — unknown

Make it a great day. It’s up to you.

Discover a way to teach someone how you give thanks. Teach someone why you give thanks.

Maybe this will help them to be more thankful.

And guess what? You’ll learn more about why and how you do it than you ever imagined. And this will only make you stronger and wiser.

And then you can’t wait for your alarm clock to go off, so you can do it all over again. How cool is that?

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November 2009

Will Passion Transform You?

Will it? Can it? Should it?

Is it worth it? Is it worth it to you? Is it worth it to others?

Does it make a difference? Does it even matter?

Wouldn’t it be easier to live quietly, to live simply. Humbly?

Maybe. Maybe not.

I’m going to offer you the opportunity to jump over to jungle jeff, where I also wrote a blog post about Transformational Passion.

Bottom line, in my opinion, passion can, should and will transform you. And others around you.

It will not make anyone perfect, but it will make everyone better. Who doesn’t want that?